New York Knicks in a new package looks rejuvenated for a turnaround from a franchise-worst 65-loss season. If morning shows the day, the Knicks fans will get a lot of stuff to cheer in this edition of the league. New York won 122-97 over Milwaukee Bucks in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.
Carmelo Anthony and the new-looking New York Knicks are determined to bounce back this season. 20-year-old rookie Kristaps Porzingiz scored 16 points in his NBA debut. Derrick Williams was the star of the show as he dropped 24 points.
“They jumped out on us early,” Anthony said. “We kept our composure, got through that point, calmed down and took off from there.”
The Knicks registered a 15-0 run in the first and second quarter. They maintained a double-digit lead in the last 30 minutes. The Bucks never really looked threatening, Greg Monroe led the Milwaukee with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
“The one combination that worked was Moose. He played well tonight. No one joined him,” coach Jason Kidd said in the post-match conference.
At the defensive end, the Bucks had too many lapses in the paint in the first half which allowed Williams and Co to take control of the game. Knicks coach Derek Fisher revealed that he was happy with the start.